Increased police presence in Chichester city centre

An operation to tackle shoplifting and anti-social behaviour in Chichester begun today (Friday), according to Chichester Police.

In a post on social media, police said an operation was underway in Chichester City Centre.

It added: "Officers and staff from a multiple of agencies are targeting shoplifting and anti social behaviour.

"Together with Chichester District Council, and other agencies we are tackling shoplifting from the city stores and anti social behaviour.

"Plain clothed and high visibility patrols continue."

Chichester District Council confirmed members of its community safety team ‘took part in the multi-agency operation’.

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A spokesman said: “This was part of a drive to deter anti-social behaviour and to provide a visible presence to members of the public.”

It comes after a post by Chichester Police yesterday afternoon (Thursday), informing residents that officers were carrying out increased patrols around the area of Avenue De Chartres car park after reports of anti-social behaviour.

The force said it was ‘aware’ of incidents in the area and was taking the issue ‘very seriously’.